The cost of owning and running a car is usually the second biggest expense in any household behind the mortgage, but in the new digital age of share economies, smart gadgets and online shopping, you could potentially make money over the lifetime of owning your car.
We’ve compiled a list of clever startups making it more affordable to own and run a car.
Buying a car
HelloCars is Australia’s first and only online used car dealership. By operating without a fancy showroom or overpaid sales staff, HelloCars can sell a car for thousands less than a traditional dealership. Each car they sell comes with a 7-day money back guarantee, 12-months of free NRMA roadside assistance and is delivered straight to your door with a bright bow on the bonnet.
Servicing a car
Servicing your car is a necessary expense, and it certainly pays to shop around and make sure you’re getting a great deal from a reputable mechanic on your next service. AutoGuru is a new website that allows you to compare servicing quotes with dozens of mechanics in your area and book in a service online. The transparency of knowing how much your service will cost up front and being able to choose the best value service will leave you hundreds of dollars better off.
Free airport parking
Sydney Airport generated $132,000,000 in airport parking fees alone in just one year. Carhood allows travellers to park for free at the airport by adding your vehicle to their car sharing fleet while you’re away. You’ll get paid 25% of the rental fee if someone decides to rent your car – otherwise, you still get free airport parking and a free clean while you’re away!
Neighbourhood car sharing
Why leave your car sitting idle in your driveway when you could rent it out and make up to $7,000 each year? With Carnextdoor you can do exactly that by renting your car out to their community of trusted drivers. Your car is fully insured and supported by 24/7 roadside assistance while it’s being rented out, so it’s a bit of extra income without any worry.
Vehicle parts and accessories
A bit of DIY maintenance is a great way to keep your car in tip-top shape, and you can save an average of 35% off your car service bill when you buy auto parts online. Sparesbox makes it fast and easy to buy car parts online with their streamlined website and 100% Fitment Guarantee for peace of mind.
Tyres are a big ticket item that always seem to come around when you can least afford it. With Tyroola, you can purchase tyres online at around 50% off normal retail prices and have them delivered to your nearest fitting station for installation. You could end up saving hundreds for a set of four tyres.
Tracking business expenses
If you use your car for work purposes – even if it’s just a quick drive up the road to grab more staples – it’s all tax deductible, as long as you have a thorough 12-week vehicle log. GoFar is a gadget you can plug into your car to track mileage, improve your fuel economy, keep an eye on your car health and more. The more you know about your car and how you drive, the more you can save!
Washing your car
For most car owners, washing your car is quite a chore – even if you’re paying someone else to do it. WipeHero brings the car wash to you at home or at work with their patented waterless wash system. Ordering a wash is simple with their mobile app, and because they don’t use any water they can wash your car wherever it’s been parked.
Selling your car
When it comes to selling your car, there’s typically only been two options – go through the hassle of selling your car privately, or trade it in with a dealer for much less than what it’s worth. With HelloCars you can sell you car fast and for at least $1,000 more than a dealer – guaranteed. HelloCars will provide you with an instant online quote, perform a free inspection, make an offer to buy your car, handle all the paperwork and even pick it up from your home! It’s almost too good to be true!